How long it has been since last I wrote. The leaves are falling, the major parties have made thoroughly unconvincing conference speeches and I have been on tour with Robin Ince which has involved - so far! - TWO AA tow trucks, and the death of not one, but two cars! Yes, bid goodbye to the Fiesta of "Fiesta...forever!" fame, which we all came to know and love throughout the Josie Long tour two years ago. It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, but ultimately when the engine quits the tour halfway up the M5 it's time to call it a day. I shall mourn its passing.
GOOD NEWS for those of you wanting CDs of TELL ME A STORY which I have finally replenished the stock of! Also MARK MY WORDS! Check the shop page for that as well as other exciting new additions....
The autumn has been busy so far! Today I bring very exciting news! As some of you know, the Benefits Culture and I played a sold out show at the beautiful St Pancras Old Church in October. An enormous THANK YOU to those people who filled the church for the most incredible, lovely night of our career to date. It makes me want to do it all over again - WHAT'S THAT? We recorded the whole night on CD and on DVD so that we can relive it for years to come until disc related media becomes obsolete? HOORAY!
YES good people, we are today announcing for sale the live album recorded at St Pancras Old Church - AND a DVD which includes a load of very fun bonus stuff, like extensive interview footage of me rabbiting on like the wordy bird I am (mixed animal metaphor high fives!) AND! A studio recording of a song you have never, ever, ever heard before. (Like, ever.) Me and Caitlin and Jess are heading down to London town on Sunday to perform the new track in the studio, ready for it to go straight on the DVD. It is called the Heartbreak Handbook and I hope you will like it.
As usual, a pre-order is live as of today which you can do right now. The actual stuff is released on December 1st (in time for Santa to pick up a shipment off us) but some of you lot are so quick off the bloody mark it's proven worthwhile in the past to give you a bit of a head start. Santa doesn't deserve that on account of his male privilege.
On a slightly more serious note, I am really really excited about these things - it's been a dream to do a live album for many years and thanks to the enormous hard work of our favourite Reuben, its been able to happen in my favourite venue in the country too. I'm really, really proud of the sound and my thanks of course to the incredibly long suffering Jess and Caitlin who worked tirelessly to make the live stuff sound as beautiful as it does.
And what next? Well, it's on to LEEDS of course!!! We've sold a load of tickets but there's room for more cool cats still so if you're of a northern persuasion and you haven't seen the Benefits Culture live, November 14th is the day to be at Belgrave Music Hall. Check the gigs page for the ticket link and snap them up before they all go!
In the next two weeks I'm with that Robin Ince again on the road - catch me in Newcastle, Manchester, Goole, London - and supporting Dick Gaughan at my favourite Sheffield haunt, the Greystones.
I hope that the Autumn is finding you all well and that we can cross paths before year's end. As always, enormous thanks and love to all of you that come and listen and keep us in business. You rule.
Love GP x